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switching from 1 chord to another

I have just begun guitar about 2 weeks ago and I am having trouble switching from 1 chord to a different 1. does anone have any tips on how to do this.
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Re: switching from 1 chord to another

6/19/2007 1:51 PM

Ken Richardson (9051) wrote:

Some chord changes are easier than others.

In some cases, you can leave 1 finger in the same spot (same fret) when you change chords.



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Re: switching from 1 chord to another

6/19/2007 3:09 PM

Ken Richardson (9051) wrote:

Make sure you are getting a good tone on that first chord, then practice the 2nd chord.

Practice it slowly until you get it right - sounding good. Then practice strumming one chord 4 times, then the other 4 times.

There are some lessons on Wholenote about hand position.... for most chords you want to keep your thumb behind the neck.

( If you learn "Pinball Wizard" or some Hendrix songs.. you will need to bend this rule! But keep your thumb behind the neck for now)



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Re: switching from 1 chord to another

6/19/2007 3:32 PM

Alex Aguilera (17) wrote:

thank you. now i am starting to get the hang of it. :)

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Re: switching from 1 chord to another

6/20/2007 7:24 AM

Warren Hunt (5730) wrote:

Start off slowly playing one chord and then the other back and forth. Slow and steady wins the race. It will take some time, but you will be changing chords in no time at all. Don't compare yourself to anyone else at this stage.

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Re: switching from 1 chord to another

6/22/2007 4:14 AM

Derek Day (129) wrote:

I think I'm just a couple of months ahead of you and I suggest you pick your two favourite chords (in the same key, such as Emaj and Amaj) and strum them as Ken and Warren have suggested. Keep it slow and easy. Count each bar(measure) as you play. If you need to, when you change chords, you can miss the first beat of the next bar (the one count) or play one strum on open strings. This sounds quite cool and gives you time to persuade your fingers to move. Good luck.

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Re: switching from 1 chord to another

6/25/2007 5:27 PM

Charles Gacsi (42523) wrote:

Dear ALex,

I set sveral lessons on this type of a problem. There are three basic rules for changing. (1)Common Tone (2) Finger Relationship (3) Guide Finger.

Some times nothing will fall into place.

Learn to attack and hammer to develop coordintion.

Position of the thumb and arm are also part of the whole picture.

Holding the guitar correctly so it does not move around when your learning. On stage as part of the show is different.... but your not there yet.

Be careful in what you ask for. Using the number 1 instead of the word "one" can lead to other problems in interpreting what you really mean. The arabic numberal or roman numeral generally designates scale degree, string, finger, fret. YOu need to be clear and concise about what you ask for.

Charlie